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October 17, 2018
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017 file photo, patient Alison Cairnes, foreground, looks at images with her doctor Shumei Kato at the University of California San Diego in San Diego. Tumor profiling that sequenced Cairnes' cancer genes helped identify a treatment that proved effective for her gastric cancer. On Thursday, Nov. 30 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved one such test by Foundation Medicine.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017 file photo, patient Alison Cairnes, foreground, looks at images with her doctor Shumei Kato at the University of California San Diego in San Diego. Tumor profiling that sequenced Cairnes' cancer genes helped identify a treatment that proved effective for her gastric cancer. On Thursday, Nov. 30 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved one such test by Foundation Medicine. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

FDA approves first-of-a-kind test for cancer gene profiling

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE The Associated Press
This article was published December 2, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

U.S. regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind test that looks for mutations in hundreds of cancer genes at once, giving a more complete picture of what's driving a patient's tumor and aiding efforts to match treatments to those flaws.

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